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RALEIGH, N.C. – Red Hat (NYSE: RHT) and Cisco (Nasdaq: CSCO) are expanding their relationship in offering virtualization technology.

Virtualization enables use of multiple operating systems simultaneously on devices.

The companies said they will integrate products that would result in lower costs for operation of data centers as well as improved performance.

Financial terms were not disclosed.

The deal was announced at the Red Hat Summit in Boston.

Specific technologies involved include Cisco Unified Computing System and (VN-Link) and

“The growth of virtualization in the datacenter and cloud computing, coupled with the adoption of Linux-based server infrastructures, has created a need for a simplified solution for virtualized server I/O [input/output],” said Ed Bugnion, chief technology officer, Server Access and Virtualization business unit at Cisco.

“The combination of the Cisco Unified Computing System and Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization means that organizations can take advantage of Cisco innovation backed by the momentum of the open source community, resulting in an open, integrated and tuned environment for virtual infrastructure deployment,” he added.

Cisco’s product enables the automation of network and storage services on “virtual machines.”

The combined solution also will boost large-scale cloud computing deployments in which servers collaborate to produce more processing power.

“With the tight integration between the Cisco Unified Computing System and Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization, we are offering our joint customers significantly enhanced virtualization performance capabilities,” said Brian Stevens, chief technology officer and vice president, Engineering at Red Hat. “Today, Red Hat becomes the first Linux vendor to offer an integrated VN-Link virtualization solution with Cisco, marking another important step forward in Red Hat’s virtualization and Linux technology leadership.”

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Red Hat expands cloud offerings

In other news, Red Hat also it will expand its under the title Red Hat Cloud Foundations.

“Just as we made Linux a safe place to run mission-critical applications with Red Hat Enterprise Linux, we are focused on making the cloud a safe place for enterprise applications,” said Scott Crenshaw, vice president and general manager for the Cloud Business Unit at Red Hat.

The first offering focuses on deployment of private clouds for enterprises.

Red Hat also is expanding its certification program for cloud service vendors. Amazon Web Services was the first member of that program, joining a year ago.

The world’s top Linux software and services provider also is supporting platform-as-a-service capability in which users can build and deploy applications within a cloud while “bridging” to their on-premise application environments.

“Red Hat’s strategy is designed to provide a path for the large installed base of Linux, Java and JBoss [owned by Red Hat] users, enabling them to easily deploy applications to the cloud, and is also designed to attract new developers, both within traditional [independent software vendors] and enterprises, and new ISVs who are creating [software-as-a-service] solutions from scratch,” Red Hat said.

Red Hat is based in Raleigh. Cisco operates one of its largest campuses in Research Triangle Park.

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